portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey

Erin Go Bragh! St. Patrick’s Day, the green-filled-slightly-made-up Irish holiday, is this coming Tuesday! It is hardly celebrated on the Emerald Isle, but it’s almost unescapable here. Many see this as a time to overindulge and drink a few too many green pints.

If you’re neither a fan of having shot-after-shot of Jameson or knocking back numerous Irish Car Bombs, I have a refreshing alternative libation you can sip on (slowly) on St Paddy’s Day while still celebrating in true Irish fashion!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comportrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comThe Luck of The Irish Whiskey Rickey is citrusy and bubbly with a fresh herbal finish, and, of course, the zing from the whiskey. You can use either Irish Whiskey, but we used the Forty Creek Copper Pot Reserve Whisky which has orange citrus peel notes that pair well with the lime juice. It’s on the crisper side, which makes it a good option for those that find Irish Cream liquor a little too sweet.

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comLuck of The Irish Whiskey Rickey

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lime squeezed
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 lime sliced
  • mint soda water
  • mint sprig garnish

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comDirections

Cut cucumber and limes into slices. Add 2 oz whiskey to glass. Squeeze half a lime in. Top with mint soda water. Add in sliced limes and cucumber. Top with mint for the piece de resistance!

The Rickey was the first “grown up” drink I learned I could order at almost any bar and they knew what I was talking about (I never was a Cosmo kinda gal). It’s comprised of 3 simple ingredients: gin or whiskey, half a lime squeezed, and soda water. Easy peasy lime and squeezy!

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comI used whiskey in this particular Rickey, the Irish are famous (infamous, perhaps?) for their love of whiskey after all! As an Irish girl myself, I can attest it does, in fact, run in our blood. Adding in slices of cucumber and mint will really brighten up the whole cocktail! You can play around with different flavors of soda water, in this case I went with mint to enhance the notes from fresh, mint garnish.

portrait of a cocktail // luck of the irish whiskey rickey www.jojotastic.comIf you’re feeling lucky, mix up a few of these Whiskey Rickeys this St Paddy’s Day. You may not find a pot of gold at the bottom of your glass, but you will have had one good drink!

Sláinte and happy imbibing!

Photography and recipe by Ashley Rose Kirschling for Jojotastic.

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